Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Francis Walker, 7 January 1801

To Francis Walker

Washington Jan. 7. 1801.

Dear Sir

I took before I left home a note of the amount of your nail-account, which was £33–16–3. but omitted to draw off a copy of it that I might now furnish it to you. this shall be done on my return. in the mean time I inclose you an order on Gibson & Jefferson for 47. D. 30. C. say £14–3–9 making with the above nail account the sum of £48. which I was to pay you for mr Randolph.

We have little news but what the public papers give you. it is certainly true that Lord Grenville expressed himself to mr King contented with our treaty with France. it is not equally certain that it will escape opposition here, but from all the trading towns we learn it has given general content.—the election to take place in the H. of R. is in dubio. but of this you may be more properly informed by others than myself. I am with great esteem, Dear Sir

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Colo. Francis Walker”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure not found.

On 31 Oct. 1800 Rufus King informed Secretary of State John Marshall that he had had a conference with Lord Grenville that morning to determine the British government’s views on the U.S. convention with France. He reported that the British foreign secretary saw nothing in the convention that conflicted with the Jay Treaty or gave his government any grounds for complaint (King, Life description begins Charles R. King, ed. The Life and Correspondence of Rufus King: Comprising His Letters, Private and Official, His Public Documents and His Speeches, New York, 1894–1900, 6 vols. description ends , 3:324).

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